Who knows their sexuality, rather than their preferred behaviours?

But surely Foucault isn't denying that we like, or prefer, some things or people. So in what way is post-seuality relevant?


  • Does it amount to the rejection of an identity to behaviour?
  • In what way can doing so still be "confessional"?
  • Identity is changing, fluid, performed rather than in-built. This means that our behaviour (which is a series of different events rather than a one-off phenomenon) shapes our identity. Therefore the question 'what is your identity' is inherently wrong/misleading, because it presupposes stability that simply does not exist.

  • It is confessional in a sense that power is purposefully used to create discourses in order to regulate individual's sexual behaviour/preferences. That way it successfully attempts to inform public's perception over what is dominant/acceptable and what is deviant. Priests, teachers and psychologists/doctors reinforce this idea of 'putting labels' on activities/preferences that were previously seen as normal and not deserving a separate name to distinguish them from something different (e.g. homosexuality now seen as opposed to heterosexuality).

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